Johnny Magory Jam

Johnny Magory Homemade Jam

Johnny Magory’s Homemade Jam… Yummy!

Porridge apple juice jam honey
Taken from Johnny Magory in the Magical Wild

Every morning when Johnny wakes up
He slurps his apple juice from his cup
Johnny gobbles his porridge with jam or honey
He doesn’t mind which because they’re both so yummy!

Get foraging!

Now is the perfect time of year to get your Little Explorer outdoors and picking wild berries to make jam.

Wild raspberries and black currant bushes
The hedges are bursting with berries

It’s so easy and so rewarding why not grab a big bowl and explore the hedges in your local park or roadside.

Free Outdoor Explorer Guide

Use the Outdoor Explorer Guide (available to download free here) to help identify the different berries and have some detective fun along the way!

Children foraging
Checking out the loot after berry picking


Homemade Jam

Now here’s the super simple recipe that makes 1-2 jars.

300grams of berries – black currants, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries or blackberries
300grams of granulated sugar
1 lemon – for juice only

Black currants
Delicious black currants

Wash the berries thoroughly and remove any long stems or leaves then place the fruit in a saucepan.
Cover with 250ml water and bring to the boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the skins of the berries are very tender and the liquid has almost evaporated.
Add the sugar and lemon juice, bring to the boil and simmer for a further 30 minutes stirring along the way.
Leave to cool for a few minutes then pour into hot, clean jars and seal immediately.

Homemade jam
Delicious homemade black currant jam


The mixture is very hot during and after cooking. Make sure you keep your Little Explorers fingers away from it until it’s well and truly cooled.

Post some pictures of your creations on the Facebook page and let us know of any quirky variations!


P.S – Have you registered for our annual National Heritage Week event on Saturday 18th July at Ballynafagh Lake in Kildare?

Click here to do so.

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